Taking pictures of stars?

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    How might I go about taking pictures of stars? I hear using a tripod, 50 mm 1.4 lens, a 1600+ ISO setting, low aperture around 1.4 or 2.0, and a 30 second exposure works. I just got my tripod finally so I'm curious to know what to try for the best results.

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    Can you give us a link to what you want to do with the stars?

    Star trails, night in to day with stars in the sky etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockhead View Post
    Can you give us a link to what you want to do with the stars?

    Star trails, night in to day with stars in the sky etc.
    Well I just want a plain photo somewhat like this: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/0508...etlage_c59.jpg

    No star trails right now, maybe at a later time. I just want to capture them right now. Which probably means I shouldn't set the exposure for more than five minutes huh?
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    Well taking star trails is easier than taking sharp shots
    Problem with stars is the earth is moving....a shot like the one you posted was likely shot using prime focus on a telescope that compensates for the earths rotation.
    The basic idea of the digital stuff is to underexpose several shorter shots and align them so they pick in detail with out looking blown out.

    Even at 30 seconds you can start getting trails.

    I would just open up the lens and let her rip. Just like you were asking. Bring hot cocoa and some spare batteries and have fun. Use the histogram the little screen lies in the dark.
    Depending on the brightness on the sky the exposure will vary
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    I wouldn't necessarily jump to 1600. 200 would give you a crisper shot at a three-stop difference. In fact, the lower the speed, the better. I set it at f/22.

    1600 at 1 minute is the same as 200 at 8 minutes. Basically, just play around.

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    I agree, low light is hard and noisey at 1600, it depends on so much like what exposure seconds you use, setting of camera, size of the stars, clouds, and motion. you will need to use tripod for certainly. look forward to see your result!

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    Well... The exposures and stuff are fine, the problem is I can't focus on them at all. When I try to manually I can't see them barely haha, when I auto focus it goes back and forth between the furthest out and back in... What should I do?

    EDIT: Actually here's the best I could get, still fuzzy though :\ I could only stay out for like 20 minutes, its -8 here :P


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    I would focus to infinity() somewhere brightly lit and then go outdoors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smckeag81 View Post
    I would focus to infinity() somewhere brightly lit and then go outdoors.
    How might I focus on infinity haha?
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    There should be a  on your focus ring.


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